June 2020 Basketball Wiretap

John Wall Will Not Join Wizards In Orlando Due To Exposure Concerns

Jun 30, 2020 1:26 AM

Washington Wizards GM Tommy Sheppard said that John Wall will not join the team in Orlando due to exposure concerns surrounding COVID-19.

"Having somebody go into that bubble that’s not gonna play, that’s just more people going into the bubble. … I don’t think it’s wise to have people in and around the team that aren’t playing (because of) exposure," said Sheppard at a press conference on Monday.

Sheppard added that he hasn't received any indication that other players would opt out of going to Orlando after Davis Bertans declined to join the team.

Teams are allowed to bring 35 people into the bubble. 

Sheppard said that the Wizards would "over-index on medical staff," as well as focus on player development coaches. 

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Rudy Gobert Says Taste Has Returned, But 'Smell Is Still Not 100%'

Jun 28, 2020 3:16 PM

Rudy Gobert said that he is still feeling the side effects from COVID-19.

“The taste has returned, but the smell is still not 100%. I can smell the smells, but not from afar. I spoke to specialists, who told me that it could take up to a year," said Gobert in an interview with L'Equipe.

Gobert's positive test on March 11th shut down the NBA season.

Gobert added that he still feels "weird things," though he doesn't necessarily know if they are attributable to the virus.

"I still feel weird things, but I have never been so long in my life without playing a basketball game! I don’t know if that’s the backlash of the virus. ... Today, I wouldn’t say I’m feeling more tired than before. But I had experiences, a month and a half ago, that scared me. I felt like ants in my toes and wondered what it could be. There were quite a few little things like that."

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Tags: Rudy Gobert, Utah Jazz, NBA, NBA Injury, NBA Playoffs

Kevin Durant Says He 'Probably Wouldn't Have Played' In Orlando Restart Even If Healthy

Jun 26, 2020 1:10 AM

Kevin Durant said he probably wouldn't have played for the Brooklyn Nets in Orlando even if he were healthy.

"I feel, me right now, I probably wouldn't have played because the unknown going into that situation looks crazy right now, seeing so many new cases. It's just so unpredictable.

"It's easy for me to say right now because I'm injured but I probably wouldn't have went down there," said Durant on the Dawg Talk podcast.

Durant added that the three month layoff would have contributed to his decision to not play. 

"Obviously, I would have talked to my teammates and consulted with my guys and actually really went over it for the last month and a half, but me, my gut would have me 'nah,' I wouldn't want to go down there, especially after three months off." 

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Tags: Kevin Durant, Brooklyn Nets, NBA, NBA Injury, NBA Playoffs

Derrick Jones Jr. Asymptomatic After Testing Positive For COVID-19

Jun 26, 2020 1:03 AM

Derrick Jones Jr. tested positive for COVID-19, sources told Ira Winderman of the South Florida Sun Sentinel.

Jones is asymptomatic. 

Jones, who is averaging 8.9 points in 24.5 minutes per game, reportedly remains committed to playing in Orlando. 

Ira Winderman/South Florida Sun Sentinel

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Alex Len Tests Positive For COVID-19

Jun 25, 2020 1:23 AM

Alex Len has tested positive for COVID-19, sources told Shams Charania and Sam Amick of The Athletic.

Len said that he has self-quarantined and would join the Kings in Orlando.

Len's teammates Buddy Hield and Jabari Parker also tested positive for COVID-19 earlier today. 

Shams Charania/The Athletic

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Nicolas Claxton Undergoes Successful Surgery On Left Shoulder

Jun 24, 2020 9:06 PM

Nicolas Claxton underwent successful arthroscopic labrum repair surgery on his left shoulder. The procedure was performed by Dr. Riley Williams III at the Hospital for Special Surgery. Claxton will not join the team for the resumption of the 2019-20 season in Orlando. He is expected to make a full recovery in time for training camp next season. 

In 15 games for Brooklyn this season, Claxton recorded averages of 4.4 points, 2.9 rebounds and 1.1 assists in 12.5 minutes per game while shooting 56.3 percent from the field. The rookie also appeared in nine games for Brooklyn’s NBA G League affiliate, the Long Island Nets, averaging 16.7 points on 65.9 percent shooting from the field, 7.3 rebounds, 1.8 assists and 1.2 blocks in 21.3 minutes per contest.

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Mike Budenholzer Says Giannis Antetokounmpo Is 'Completely And Totally Healthy'

Jun 24, 2020 1:24 AM

Mike Budenholzer said that Giannis Antetokounmpo has fully recovered from a minor sprain in his left knee suffered against the Los Angeles Lakers before the season was suspended.

Antetokounmpo suffered the injury on March 6th, and did not play again as games were put on hold the following week.

"It's a huge advantage for us that Giannis will be completely and totally healthy. He's in a great place, both mentally and physically.

"Who's to say how things would have gone if we kept on playing? I'm not sure it would be safe to say [Giannis] would have missed a couple of weeks. Could it have been less? Maybe. Could it have been more? Perhaps. We can look back a bit and say, 'Wow, I wonder what would have happened there.' But the great thing is he's healthy now," said Budenholzer.

Budenholzer added that he's not dwelling on the Bucks losing their home-court advantage in Orlando. 

"At least we've been given the chance to play. It would have been so much worse if this team never had a chance to see how far it can go, if it never had a chance to get to the playoffs."

Jackie MacMullan/ESPN

Tags: Giannis Antetokounmpo, Milwaukee Bucks, NBA, NBA Injury, NBA Playoffs

Courtney Lee Suffered Season-Ending Calf Injury During Shutdown

Jun 22, 2020 8:43 PM

Courtney Lee suffered a calf injury during the NBA's shutdown that required surgery.

The Dallas Mavericks will look for reinforcements for their roster when the NBA's transaction window opens. The Mavericks would have to waive Lee to sign a new player.

The Mavericks previously lost Dwight Powell and Jalen Brunson to long-term injuries.

Marc Stein/New York Times

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Victor Oladipo To Increase Activity, Re-Evaluate Quad Injury Before Committing To Rest Of Season

Jun 20, 2020 5:03 PM

Victor Oladipo said he will increase his physical activity and re-evaluate his repaired torn quad tendon injury before making a decision on whether to return this season for the Indiana Pacers.

Oladipo said he wants to return to the court while limiting his risk of significant injury. Oladipo returned to the Pacers in January after a year-long recovery from injury.

"I feel a whole lot better. I know there's risk going into it with the unique situation that I'm in -- being off so long and trying to ramp it up that fast. I've just got to be smart, that's all," said to ESPN.

The Pacers have been cautious and working with Oladipo through his rehab.

Players must inform their teams by Wednesday if they plan to go to Orlando. Teams must then provide a roster by July 1st. 

The Pacers could also keep Oladipo active through training camp before making a final decision.

Adrian Wojnarowski/ESPN

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Klay Thompson Fully Cleared From Torn ACL

Jun 19, 2020 7:33 PM

Klay Thompson has received his final medical clearance a few weeks ago as he recovers from a torn ACL suffered in Game 6 of The Finals in 2019.

Thompson has been ramping up his workouts since receiving the full clearance.

Thompson hasn’t been back at the San Francisco Warriors’ recently reopened San Francisco practice facility. He’s spent much of this extended quarantined hiatus down in the Los Angeles area and part of it in Oakland, working out privately in both places

Anthony Slater/The Athletic

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Kelly Oubre Jr. Expected To Miss Rest Of Season

Shams Charania/The Athletic

Clint Capela Says His 'Heel Has Really Healed'

Sarah K. Spencer/The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

LaMarcus Aldridge Out For Season With Shoulder Surgery

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Jonathan Isaac, Al-Farouq Aminu Unlikely To Be Healthy When Season Resumes

Roy Parry/Orlando Sentinel

Kevin Durant Publicly Confirms He Won't Return This Season

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